There have been a number of studies showing that all of us are becoming a lot more clued up when it comes to skincare formulations. So, with this I have found that a lot of you are asking a number of questions about certain skin ingredients and how they should be introduced into your daily routines. Well don’t you worry as by the end of this post today you would have gained even more knowledge about skincare and understanding how you can use hyaluronic acid and niacinamide together.
What goes first hyaluronic acid or niacinamide?
Both of these ingredients are water based meaning they have the amazing humectant abilities to lock in moisture into the skin helping it remain plumped, glowing with signs of premature ageing and skin dryness visibly reduced. When using them together there is a certain way to apply them starting with a serum enriched in hyaluronic acid, this will help replenish the skin with optimal levels of hydration first. Following this with niacinamide, which can also be in the form of a serum will help regulate the production of sebum (the natural oil your skin needs to remain in its healthiest state) it will also be able to minimise the appearance of pores. This will then leave you with an all over glowing, youthful and even tone finish to the complexion with moisture locked in giving you a doubled amount of hydration boost.
What you decide to follow this powerful cocktail with is really down to you and what works for your skin. Many dermatologists favour using 1- 2 different and complimentary serums together to deliver the most effective results to the skin. There is also the added benefit of applying a moisturiser on top to form a protective barrier on the skin keeping the surface layer of the skin and its microbiome supple and healthy whilst allowing the active ingredients of hyaluronic acid and niacinamide working busily deep in the lower layers of the skin.
How do you use niacinamide and hyaluronic acid?
There are a variety of skincare products available that contain these potent ingredients;
- Face wash
- Face cleasner
- Face Oil
- Cream based face mask
- Sheet masks
All of which are effective and quite easy to find the best product to add into your routine. There is one thing you need to remember, and that is how quickly you are wanting to see the results as this is quite dependent on the amount of time the product in question remains on the skin. Serums for example, are applied and remain on the face allowing them a considerable amount of time to absorb into the skin compared to a face wash or cleanser that is rinsed away after a couple of minutes.
All of this really boils down to the fact you have consulted a doctor or dermatologist to discuss whether these ingredients are safe for you to use and you performed a patch test on your forearm for 24 hours prior to applying it all over the skin to ensure you avoid any unwanted skin allergies or irritation.
If you wanted my advice, I would suggest opting for well formulated separate serums containing these active ingredients as the main “hero” of each product. This will provide you with the quickest and most effective results without overloading the skin as they each work in different areas whilst working well together, a trait that is quite uncommon as you may already know if you have kept up to date with our most recent posts.
Can I use niacinamide every day?
Not only can you use niacinamide every day, but you can use it twice a day! Many people find that applying a product containing niacinamide in the morning keeps the skin feeling comfortable with a youthful bounce whilst allowing other ingredients to absorb quickly into the skin. When applying it during your evening routine will counteract any damage that occurred throughout the day helping you to restore your skin by the morning.
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 and its featherlight consistency makes it a popular ingredient to be added to water-based serums. It is able to absorb into the skin in rapid time and with its humectant properties are able to keep the skin at a hydrated state whilst it remains on the skin. There are a multitude of skin benefits this clever ingredient can provide, such as helping to build a strong protective barrier that is found on the outer surface of the face. It can help repair and prevent any further damage to the skin caused when it is exposed to free radicals throughout the day, such as pollution, UV rays and other environmental skin stresses.
If you are wanting to know more about niacinamide and its skincare benefits, you can check out our blog post dedicated to share with you everything there is to know about this hydrating wonder.
Can I use hyaluronic acid every day?
Much like niacinamide you can find hyaluronic acid in an impressive array of skincare products and it is also perfectly safe to use twice a day. It is such a high performing ingredient and makes easy work of locking moisture into the skin keeping it hydrated. It is important to remember which stage your daily routine hyaluronic acid should be applied, by this I mean it needs to remain on top of the skin surface for it to work, especially if it formulated as a serum. Applying it after your moisturiser or even your sunscreen will not only create a physical barrier preventing hyaluronic acid reaching the lower layers of the skin, but it will also stop the acid from performing its humectant traits resulting in slower skin results.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the skin and acts as a sponge, drawing in any traces of water from the area surrounding the face and any other products applied to the skin afterwards. It’s ability to obtain moisture gives the face an all-over improved appearance with signs of fine lines and wrinkles notably reduced and patches of dry skin a thing of the past. There is a lot of information about hyaluronic acid in our blog post so don’t forget to check that out if you are wanting to find out more.
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